EndAnd - Mechanics & Energetics of Stilt-Running

EndAnd
Mechanics & Energetics of Stilt-Running
Independent Release
2013
7
EndAnd are a noise punk rock trio from Brooklyn, New York. From the first time I heard their newest album, “Mechanics & Energetics of Stilt-Running”, I knew I was in deep trouble. I was sure I liked it, but if someone put a gun to my head and asked me to name one of the things I liked about it, my brains would have ended on the wall. Have you ever noticed that, sometimes, it’s way easier to pin down every single thing you hate about something, than name one good thing about something you like? Anyway, I am going to give it a shot.
 
What we are dealing here is a full of energy and fun-lovin’ album that does not fail to keep the listener’s attention for a second. 11 short, compact and sweet tracks (the longest one is 3:19). “Mechanics & Energetics of Stilt-Running” has the effect that every good album should have on the listener, it leaves you wanting more. But having short songs is not enough. It is evident that EndAnd have really worked hard on their music, they don’t slack behind a catchy guitar riff and linger on it for one, two or three minutes. Every song, no matter how short, has a beginning, a middle and an end where the pitch, the melody, the tempo or all of the above might change dramatically.
 
That is the thing that makes “Mechanics & Energetics of Stilt-Running” such an enjoyable album. It is almost as if EndAnd wrote a bunch of typical 4 to 5 minutes songs and then decided to strip them off anything repetitive and redundant by reducing the amount of time each segment lasts. And therefore what they were left with is purely artistic and, most times, a raw and explosive musical expression. I am not very sure about the longevity of “Mechanics & Energetics of Stilt-Running”, but I’m not very sure if this is the point either. At the end of the day, I don’t think that EndAnd set out to change the music world with this album. All I think they wanted to do is make a fun record that someone will enjoy playing, and they just did that.
 
Maybe it is dumb to discuss your favorite songs out of an album that is so clearly meant to be consumed as a whole (I mean it’s only 21 minutes long), but I did hit the repeat button on “At Fault’s End”, “The Detach”, “Snow Song”, “I Love You Soon” and “Weapon”. And I single out those songs because some of the others were a little too “noisy” to my liking.
 
The only negative thing I must mention is that I find the cover of the album a bit off. It seems to me that it has nothing to do with the name of the album; it is too elaborate for their music and, dare I say it, it looks a little pretentious.